TTIGF 2022: Speakers

TTIGF 2022 Introductory Keynote Speakers

Vinton G. Cerf (Vint Cerf) is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and the continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Mr. Cerf will be giving an introductory keynote address at the TTIGF 2022 and begin the Open Forum to jump-start the discussion on what’s next for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Anriette Esterhuysen is the outgoing chairperson of the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the Internet Governance Forum having served in this role from December 2019 to December 2021. Previously she was the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) – the largest ICT-focused civil society network in the world and continues to work with APC as a senior advisor on Internet governance. She is the convenor of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) a joint initiative of APC, the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa. Anriette was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as a Global Connecter in 2013 for her work in extending internet connectivity in Africa. Ms. Esterhuysen currently serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and on the boards of Connect Humanity and of the .ZA (South Africa) domain name authority, ZADNA.

Senator the Honorable Hassel Bacchus was appointed a Senator and Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation on August 19, 2020. In 2021, the Ministry of Digital Transformation was made a standalone ministry with Senator Bacchus at the helm.

Senator the Honourable Hassel Larry Bacchus is the holder of A.A.S. Electronics Engineering Technology from the University of the District of Columbia. Van Ness Campus, 1986 to 1987.

Senator Bacchus  on a personal and a professional level is self-motivated, goal orientated, creative, experienced Telecom Technology Leader with a proven track record across multiple I.T. and Telecom Managerial and Operational environments. He understands and is at ease working within all levels of a corporation. Senator Bacchus possesses an in-depth knowledge of service provider deployment, fulfilment and assurance processes. Track record in developing new operational areas and ensuring functional integrity.  Detailed understanding of I.T. solutions, legacy and Next Generation switching and transport networks in both wired and wireless core and access spheres. Proficient in creating and evaluating business documents with the ability to understand and negotiate with a focus on value and Customer and Service. Senator Bacchus passion for educating and sharing is at the heart of his work.

The passion for Electronics and Telecom fueled his decision to enter the Telecommunications Industry This passion was demonstrated during his tenure at TELCO and subsequently Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited. It is almost impossible to speak about Senator Bacchus without talking about the company in which he spent over thirty (30) years, and has led many teams through technological and operations change. This journey started on October 16, 1989.